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The fruits and vegetables in Tahitian

When you think of Tahiti, if you dream of mangoes, pineapples, papayas. This lesson is definitely for you! The object of this lesson is to acquire the vocabulary of fruits and vegetables in Tahitian.

Here we go!

Let’s start with the basis

First, let’s learn how to say fruit and vegetable.

English Tahitian
The fruit Te māa hotu
The vegetable Te māa tupu

We meet 2 verbs: Hotu and tupu.

Tahitian English
Hotu To fruit, to produce in abundance (for a tree)
Tupu To grow, to germinate, to occur, to take place


In this second chapter, here are the fruits in Tahitian.

English Tahitian
The pineapple Te painapo (from the English, pineapple)
The avocado Te âvota
The banana Te mei’a
The papaya Te îīta
The apple Te âpara (from the English, apple)
The apple star Te âpara feti’a
The apple cinnamon Te tapotapo
The pear Te pea
The lemon Te tāporo
The orange Te ânani
The grapefruit Te ânani popaā
The strawberry Te maupere popaā
The raspberry Te rāhipere
The watermelon, the melon Te merēni
The mango Te vī

Orange means the fruit and also the color. As seen in the previous lesson: Colors in Tahitian

English Tahitian
The orange (fruit) Te ânani
Orange (color) Puatou

We meet some new vocabulary:

Tahitian English
Te feti’a The star, the medal
Te popaā The white-skinned person of foreign origin (who is not Polynesian)


In this third chapter, we have the vegetables in Tahitian.

English Tahitian
The carott Te taroti
The cucumber Te tōtoma
La tomato Te tōmāti
The cabbage, all green vegetables Te pota
The chinese cabbage Te pota tinitō
The broccoli Te pota tiare mātie (traduit : le chou à fleur verte)
The sugar cane Te tō
The corn Te tō popaā
The sweet potato Te ‘umara
The potato Te ‘umara pūtete
The yam Te ufi
The cassava Te maniota
The taro Te taro
The breadfruit fruit Te ‘uru
The coconut Te haari
The Polynesian chestnut Te māpē
The bean Te pipi

The new vocabulary is the following:

Tahitian English
Tinitō Chinese
Mātie Green (color), also means : the grass
Pūtete Always used with ‘umara pūtete to say potato

Vegetables in seasoning

Some vegetables are used in seasoning.

English Tahitian
The onion Te ‘oniāni
The garlic Te ‘oniāni piropiro
The ginger Te re’a (also means: saffron, egg yolk, flower pollen)
The vanilla Te vānira

You remember, we learned in the lesson: Colors in Tahitian

English Tahitian
The ginger Te re’a (also means: saffron, egg yolk, flower pollen)
Yellow Re’are’a

Let’s resume

With this lesson, we have just learned the fruits and vegetables vocabulary in Tahitian. And aslo, we have learned 47 words and vocabulary expressions.